Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Winter showed up for about three days and I decided to make beef stew. It turns out that beef stew is an aphrodisiac so I had to share. You’re welcome. Beef Stew Makes 8 servings 1 slice bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 […]

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve taken on the task of participating in NaNoWriMo in order to kickstart my next novel. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 in thirty days. Two years ago I participated for the first time and began my first book. I managed to write over 37,000 words in […]

It’s More Than Just Words

It’s More Than Just Words

Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s a long process that takes an emotional toll, whether you want it to or not. I’ve been working on my story everyday for almost 2 years (1 year 11 months and 19 days to be exact) and now I’m at the point where I […]

Greek Yogurt Cake

Greek Yogurt Cake

Greek Yogurt Cake Makes 1 loaf 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon orange extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 egg yolk, at […]

Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart Makes 6 servings 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 2 medium ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced 2 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon Amaretto 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg Pinch kosher salt 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for and eggwash 2 […]

A Generous Confidence

A Generous Confidence

I have been tasked by my editor, Barbara, to dig into my heroine’s emotions and pull out how she reacts during those moments when she’s alone with her thoughts. The exercise is designed to make her more real so readers can connect with her on a deeper level.  I wrote her to be a strong […]

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies These classic cookies are slightly crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle. Toasting the oats gives them a nuttier flavor. 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup raisins 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon […]

Don’t Pick At It

Don’t Pick At It

This week I celebrated my fifteenth wedding anniversary, and I can honestly say that I love my husband more today than I did when I married him. I loved him then, but the depth of love I have for him could only come with time and life experiences. Our vows have been tested and honored […]

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Vinaigrette Makes 8 servings Vinaigrette 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups canola oil Salad 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterfly cut Kosher salt Coarse-ground black pepper 1 […]

What? You don’t like my story?

What? You don’t like my story?

When I finished the first revision of my manuscript, I gave a copy to ten people to read and to let me know what they thought of my story.  It still needed work, but I wanted to see if I was going in the right direction since I’d spent so much time writing it, then […]